Christmas Unicorn Birthday Party

Christmas Unicorn Birthday Party!

Ardene Christmas Unicorn Dress

Being a December baby can suck. It is cold, the snow makes it difficult to go out on the town and everyone is super busy and broke. With the weather, lines and restaurant availability it is sometimes a challenge to plan a celebration. For the last little while I’ve opted to have a get-together at home to make things easier. The advantage to this is the ability to have a theme party!

I’ve always wanted to have a unicorn themed birthday party (yes, I’m an adult). But with a Christmas tree up I felt that would ruin the theme. Ugly Christmas sweater parties are popular and I remember seeing a gawdy ugly Christmas sweater with Santa riding a unicorn and thought “that is it! Let’s combine them!” Thus this year was my “Christmas Unicorn Birthday Party!”

Toronto living is small, so I tried to bring subtle unicorn details to the space. The party incorporated several DIYs – which I’ll do blog posts for at a later time ūüôā See below for how I decorated for the party.

Some simple rules to create a unicorn party are:

  1. Incorporate unicorns (duh!) in the decor and food where you can.
  2. You don’t have to be obvious and make everything a unicorn. For example the rainbow sour belts and rainbow candy canes are on theme and aren’t in the unicorn shape.
  3. Use colour, rainbows and glitter.
  4. Choose one or two focal pieces to create the theme. For me this was the cake and balloons. After those obvious pieces the theme will be apparent.

Unicorn Christmas Tree

Unicorn Christmas Tree

Unicorn Christmas Ornament

First, the Unicorn Christmas tree! I’ve had this Charlie Brown looking pink tree for years. I usually decorate it in black and silver and make it my punk rock Christmas tree – but this year it transformed into my unicorn tree. I made the unicorn decorations – I adapted my version from several online tutorials. I love how they turned out – to my friends this is what you are all getting for a present this year!

Unicorn Dessert Table & Sparkle Prosecco

Unicorn Party Dessert Table

The pièce de résistance was the unicorn cake. I was so excited; I always wanted to have one! I gently encouraged my boyfriend to get me one (i.e. I gave him the bakery and all my specifications). The details on the mane were so colourful and pretty Рit must have been so much work. It was also nut-free (which is essential) and dairy-free and tasted amazing! I got it from Cakes By Robert a nut-free bakery in Toronto.

Unicorn-Cake

Unicorn Cake Mane

I also made unicorn shaped sugar cookies. Geez…cookies are hard to ice and decorate – if you can’t tell, this is the first time I’ve tried this. I think I may try taking a class; realizing I may fail at this craft hurt my ego. I also added rainbow sour belts to the table and rainbow candy canes in a unicorn mug. The gold cakestand holds orange pomegranate bread with a Santa knife, I needed to add some Christmas to the table.

I also sprayed a prosecco bottle sparkle rainbow purple. Unicorns would of course only drink from a sparkly bottle. The bottle is simple to make and make an event special. But of course glitter will get everywhere.

Unicorn Sugar Cookies

Unicorn Balloons
When my sister came over with these balloons I nearly lost my mind. They are amazing and were beyond my expectations. The base of the balloons were a star – so freakin’ cute!

Unicorn Balloons

Unicorn Birthday Party

Unicorn Dessert Table and Balloons

Outfit Theme
I told my guests “The theme is Christmas Unicorn. Wear whatever that means to you: an ugly Xmas sweater, sparkles, rainbow!” I found the most perfect ‘ugly’ Christmas sweater dress at Ardene’s that incorporated unicorns and I knew it was perfect as soon as I saw it.¬† See more outfit pictures on Unicorn Ugly Xmas Dress post.

Unicorn Christmas Dress

I ate cake for breakfast for days after this celebration!

Unicorn Dessert

DIY Effie Trinket Costume Tutorial

Effie Trinket Costume (The Hunger Games)

I am not ashamed that I am a huge fan of The Hunger Games. The books are more about revolution than teen love and angst. In the movies I thoroughly enjoyed the fashion of the cruel Capitol. Seeing the Effie Trinket monarch butterfly costume took my breath away.

Effie Trinket Cosplay

Effie Trinket Monarch Butterfly Costume

I decided I would attempt to make this costume for Halloween, although I’m not the best sewer. But I am SO proud of how this costume came out!¬†

Below are the supplies, tools and instructions to make your own Effie Trinket costume.

 Supplies

Dress and shirt

  • Monarch butterfly fabric from Spoonflower¬†
  • Interfacing
  • Black fabric lining for the skirt
  • Zipper
  • Hook and eye
  • Black thread

Fascinator

  • Feather butterflies
  • Black wire
  • Black felt and the same black lining you used on the skirt
  • Hair clip
  • Black cord

Makeup

Effie Trinket Make up Supplies

  • Paper eyelashes
  • White powder for your face
  • Yellow eyeshadow (I used NYX)
  • Feather butterfly to glue near your eye
  • Black eyeliner
  • Eyelash Glue

Accessories

  • Black fingerless gloves (bought)
  • Feather butterflies on clear elastic to put on your arms
  • Feather necklace (black lace, feather butterflies, velcro)
  • Force your boyfriend to be a tribute to complement the costume

Hunger Games Couples Costume

District 12 - The Hunger Games

Tools 

  • Sewing machine
  • Iron (for the interfacing)
  • Glue gun
  • Pliers (for the fascinator and necklace)

Instructions 

Skirt

  1. Cut a rectangle in the monarch fabric at least double your waist (more if you’d like it fuller). Add about an inch to the length to allow for the seams.
  2. Do the same with the black lining except the lining must be a smaller size (in length and width) than the outside fabric.
  3. Turn up the bottom seams of both fabrics by about a 1/4 inch and sew the seam.
  4. For the waistband cut approximately 3 inches and fold in half over 1 inch of interfacing. An iron is needed to attach the fusiable interfacing.
  5. This will be your waistband which you attach the skirt to.
  6. Evenly gather the skirt to the waistband and sew the top pieces of the fabric together.In progress gathered skirt
  7. Sew the skirt to the waistband. I found this tutorial helpful.
  8. Sew the sides together and attach a zipper on the side.

Monarch Butterfly Skirt

For the shirt I did my best to copy a current shirt I own. I ran out of fabric so needed to add a lace insert on the back of the shirt (oops!)

Necklace  

Use a piece of black lace and stick the wire connected to the butterfly through the lace. Twist and cut the wire short. Do this all over the lace alternating sizes. Secure with Velcro at the neck and cute off any excess lace. 

Put a few butterflies on clear elastic and wear them on your arms for an illusion effect.

Effie Trinket Halloween Costume

Effie Trinket Cosplay

Fascinator

Monarch Butterfly Fascinator

Cut a piece of felt in a circle and fuse with the interfacing. Cut halfway down the middle and glue into a cone shape. Cover with your desired fabric. Puncture a hole in the back of the butterfly. Fill the hole with hot glue and insert the wire. Puncture other end through felt circle and secure back with glue. Embellish as you desire and add a clip. 

Makeup

Effie Trinket Make up

Keep the makeup very nude. I put my normal pale makeup on then covered it with white powder. Nude barely there lipstick and bright yellow eyeshadow surrounds the eyes. Black liner and delicate paper lashes complete the look.

May the odds ever be in your favour!

Happy Halloween!

DIY PaperBag Princess Costume Tutorial

DIY PaperBag Princess Halloween Costume

DIY PaperBag Princess Halloween Costume

Paperbag Princess CrownThe classic feminist fairy tale The PaperBag Princess by Robert Munch was always one of my favourites as a child. She was so different from all of the other princess books and it was a good message that perhaps planted the seed to me studying gender studies at university – but maybe that’s a stretch. ¬†Anyways, it is such a great kids story.

This usually is an easy, straightforward costume to create – a square bag with a hole for your head and arms and a yellow construction paper crown. Of course, I wasn’t going to do a normal version of this costume, I wanted create a haute couture version of the dress. See instructions on how to create your own fancy Paperbag Princess dress below! As a bonus this costume is CHEAP to make – since most of the material is brown paper bags.

 

DIY PaperBag Princess Costume

Supplies

PaperBag Princess Halloween Costume Supplies

Dress:

  • Brown paper bags – lots of them!
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Elastic (to make a skirt waistband)
  • Duct Tape (to secure the bags on the backside of skirt)
  • Mini dragon stuffed animal

Crown

  • Gold wire
  • Gold coloured crystals

Make-up

  • Regular make-up routine and,
  • Brown eyeshadow to make your face look dirty.

Accessories (optional)

  • Boyfriend to be your Prince Ronald
  • Cover your shoes with brown paper bags

PaperBag Princess Robert Munch

Prince Ronald and the PaperBag Princess - Couples Costume

Instructions

Skirt

  1. Cut an elastic band a length slightly smaller than your waist (approximately 1-2 inches). Sew in place
  2. Cut bags apart to create flat rectangles
  3. Lay them flat and cut the corners off the top part which will loop around the elastic.
  4. Loop the top part over the elastic and secure with glue – SCRUNCH the bottom part of the bag
  5. Create multiple layers of bags under the first layer until you receive the desired length and fullness. Tape the layers into place with duct tape (glue may also work)
  6. Scrunch the bags to get the a puffy crinoline look

Note: You need to wear something under this dress; especially in case it rains (which it did when I wore it – hence the costume did not survive a second Halloween).

PaperBag Princess Skirt in progress

Shirt

  1. Tape multiple bags together until it can reach around your chest
  2. Tape closure on the back or side while you wear the shirt
  3. Play with accordion folds to make the strap more interesting
  4. Add a dragon!

Dragon on shoulder

Crown

Paperbag Princess Crown

  1. Make a circle with the gold wire
  2. Loop five triangular points around the circle. As you make the points add a gold crystal at the top, twist the wire to secure the bead and create the next point.
  3. Once the points are complete add a thin wire with a gold bead above the first circle; twist around the points to secure it.
  4. The crown doesn’t have to be perfect, being bent adds to the look.

Happy Halloween! Have fun and be safe!

DIY Halloween Wreath

DIY Halloween Wreath

I am obsessed with Halloween and am ashamed to say I did not have a Halloween wreath for my door. This was a perfect reason to DIY and make something unique.  I decided to go with a sparkly pumpkin and witch theme in purple and orange. Orange is essentially the Halloween and fall colour so it MUST be incorporated into your Halloween wreath :)! The wreath cost approximately $22 to make and all the supplies were from Michaels or Dollarama. The garland and sparkly pumpkins were from the dollar store, all other supplies were from Michaels.

I’m glad to say I was able to hang it before October even began! Make your own with the tutorial below.

Halloween Wreath

Supplies

  • Black sparkly branch wreath form

Black Sparkly Branch Wreath

  • Leaf garland
  • Wired ribbon
  • Assortment of sparkly pumpkins and other details (wooden witches)

Halloween Wreath Supplies

Wooden Witch on Broomstick

  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Wire or string for the loop at the back to hang the wreath

Instructions

  1. Lay out all of your supplies
  2. Begin to glue the leaf garland and ribbon around the wreath
  3. Alternate which goes on top the garland then the ribbon
  4. Glue the sparkly pumpkins evenly around the wreath. Strategically place the witches.Witch Wreath detail

  5. Use the extra ribbon to create a bowHalloween Bow
  6. Puff the ribbon up and create fullness with the wire – pull it up so that the ribbon isn’t flat against the wreath.
  7. Put a loop of wire or string on the back of the wreath to hang it just in time for Halloween.
  8. Clean up the sparkles as they will be everywhere!

Halloween Wreath Purple and Orange

Happy Halloween! I would love to see your Halloween decor!

 

 

White Swan Fascinator

White Swan Feather Fascinator 

This is a super easy and lazy way to make a fascinator. I bought this white feather piece for around $3 at a craft store on Queen Street. The flip clips came in packs of 10 at the dollar store. So the accessory costs less than $5 to make!

I made two of these for a friend’s white swan outfit that never panned out. She was supposed to be white swan and I’d be the black swan; but illness happened on Hallowe’en and I was a solo evil swan.¬† But I have brought the headpiece out for afternoon tea dates and for when I feel like being fancy.¬†

Supplies 

White Feather Fascinator - Front

  • Feather piece¬†
  • Flip clips – to be more professional you could use a hair comb
  • Hot glue

Instructions 

  1. Glue two flip clips to the back of the feather piece and let dry.
  2. That is it, you’re done!

White Swan Feather Fascinator - Back

Afternoon Tea Outfit - Red and White

Business Outfit - Pocket Square - women

Top Shop Dress = Shirt and a Pocket Square (DIY)

Blonde Laughing

This shirt was originally a dress. I bought it at Top Shop many years ago on a trip to London. I couldn’t try it on and so wanted an item from there (this was before it came to Canada). The dress didn’t exactly fit and was both tight and loose at the same time on the hips (how does that happen?). It wasn’t very comfortable or flattering. But the item was sentimental; I wanted to keep it.

Taking SCISSORS to the dress would make it work! Below is the original dress.

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Matching pocket square and shirt

I cut the dress an inch or so underneath the zipper and I used the excess skirt fabric to make a perfectly matching pocket square. I sewed up the bottom hem of the shirt and did my best to sew a square (it is way harder than you’d think). Even if my hem isn’t perfect you can’t tell when I tuck the shirt in or fold the square.

To bring out the white in the shirt I paired it with a white blazer from JCrew. The cuts of their suiting fit me perfect. I have this style blazer in a few in different colours. The super cute black flats have bows on them and are my new go-to. I wore the ensemble to work and it was fine to last all day because of the stretch in the skirt.

What I wore to work - edgy

Matching Pocket Square Outfit

Bonus: I reused and saved something from the garbage heap to make a completely unique outfit. I also had extra fabric to gift another pocket square or to practice sewing. Yay upcycling!

Shirt and pocket square: refashioned Top Shop dress
Blazer: JCrew
Skirt: Jacob (now closed)
Shoes: H&M

DIY Floral Wreath tutorial

DIY Floral Wreath for $15

This wreath is so easy to make, and cheap too!

DIY Floral Wreath

I was looking at my boring door and I realized I only had a Christmas wreath and I hadn’t done a DIY in a while. Depending on how much of a perfectionist you are, this wreath will take less than an hour to make.

I got my branch wreath form for $5 at Michael’s. ¬†I bought the fake flowers at Dollarama so that they would be cheaper. You can find really fancy ones at craft stores like Michael’s but Dollarama actually has a huge collection.

Supplies

  • Branch wreath formBranch Wreath Form
  • assortment of fake flowers (in any colour scheme you wish)
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Wire or string for the loop at the back to hang the wreath

Instructions

  1. Break all of the flowers apart from their stems.
  2. Lay them out by colour and size.
    Fake Flowers
  3. Begin to glue the big flowers in the middle of the half of the wreath you are decorating.
  4. Glue the flowers close together and fill the space by gluing leaves between them.
    In Progress Spring Wreath
  5. Keep gluing flowers and alternating colours until you reach your desired look.
  6. Put a loop of wire or string on the back of the wreath to hang it.
  7. Hang the wreath and admire how happy this wreath makes your door look.

DIY Floral Wreath

DIY Pancake Gift Basket

Valentine’s Day Pancake Gift Basket

I usually hate Valentine’s day; so for the first Valentine’s¬†Day I was with “T” I decided to make it special and sentimental.

For us, making epic breakfasts and chocolate chip pancakes are a weekly occurrence. The first time I ever cooked for him I made B.L.T’s with microwavable bacon. After that he opened my eyes to the wonders of real bacon. We’ve also now moved on to making pancakes from scratch.

The night before Valentine’s Day I gave him the Valentine’s Day Pancake Gift Basket. The items were personal so adjust for the partner.

giftbasketitemsheartpancakes

Basket Supplies

  • pancake mix (Bisquick)
  • maple syrup (being Canadian, the real kind of course!)
  • chocolate chips (Chipits are nut-free)
  • love candle because my tough boyfriend loves Bath & Body Works candles
  • heart cookie cutters
  • bacon cookie which matched the bacon card (Drake General Store)
  • ribbon and cellophane for decoration

On Valentine’s day morning I got up early and cooked breakfast – warning do not cook bacon in lingerie. I used the heart cookie cutters to cut the pancakes after they were made. Then I displayed them nicely on a plate with a garnish of fruit and bacon.
valentinesgift

DIY Sparkle Birthday Party

Sparkle Birthday Party!

Being a Christmas baby sometimes sucks. Parties are cancelled because of snow and everyone’s schedule gets insanely packed.

But this year I decided to battle the sadness with a SPARKLE themed birthday party – you know, because I’m an adult.

My amazing sister got me confetti balloons.

Confetti Balloons

Birthday Girl with Confetti Balloons

The talented MariYUMMY Desserts¬†made me the happiest cake! I have a unicorn obsession (again because I’m an adult) and she made the unicorn even more glittery! ¬†I loved the cake; it fit the theme and was so bright¬†and like her company name states: it was yummy!

Unicorn Birthday Cake

Unicorn Birthday Cake

I asked everyone to wear sparkles and I put as many sparkle touches around my home as possible.

F* Yeah Birthday

The only down side is now glitter is EVERYWHERE; I don’t think me or my home will ever be glitter-free. Totally worth it!

Sparkle Confetti

DIY Christmas Ball Wreath

DIY Christmas Ball Wreath

I love those sparkly Christmas ball wreaths! But I could never find one in the right colour. So if the perfect wreath doesn’t exist; you DIY it!

After a trip to Dollarama; I had the needed supplies to get started. You can also do this after Christmas with nicer on SALE ornaments!

Supplies

Wreath Supplies

  • Plastic/Styrofoam Christmas ornaments in varying sizes (I used approximately 50)
  • strong wire or a wire hanger
  • glue gun
  • ribbon to hang wreath

Instructions

  1. Decide on a colour scheme when you buy the ornaments
  2. Work wire into a circle; the size is up to you.
  3. String larger ornaments onto wire via the ornament holes
  4. Glue the ornaments together as you go and bend into a circleChristmas-Wreath-in-progress
  5. Glue smaller ornaments into the spaces between the larger ornaments
  6. Keep stringing the ornaments and filling in the gaps until you reach a desired size.
  7. Tie a ribbon to the back of the wreath to hang on door.

DIY Red Christmas Wreath

After I hung my multi-coloured wreath on my door; my neighbour requested one; so I made her a classic version.

DIY Christmas Wreath

Voila! Now you have a customized Christmas wreath to adorn your front door.